Every time I place a sponsored ad for one of my books on Facebook, and it gets a decent response, Faceborg threatens to delete my account and my author page. Every time a post from my Star Trek meme page goes viral, the Zuckerbots threaten to delete my account and my page. They’ve limited my reach to “protect the community from spam.” I’ve figured out how to circumvent that somewhat, but it’s a hassle.
No, spam is the shit ton of ads I get in my feed for big corporations like Citibank and H&R Block. But hey, they’re rich and powerful, so that’s cool.
Me selling a book on MY page, though? SPAM.
Facebook is an important promotional tool for me and I have a big reach there. I don’t have that reach anywhere else.
I don’t post objectionable content. I post content to the appropriate places. I don’t post anywhere that requests no self-promotion.
My conclusion: Faceborg wants to assimilate your data without letting you have anything in return for it. It can’t let you use its platform to assist yourself in become successful. It wants you to stay in your box and consume from the big corps that pay big bucks to advertise on it. It wants to spy on all of your likes and dislikes so that those companies will know what to sell you. That’s all. You can use it successfully as a promo tool, but be warned: it doesn’t like that, and it will harass the shit out of you with random “page deletion” notices.
I’m going to keep outsmarting them until they pull the plug, though.